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Old 02-21-2003, 07:03 AM   #1
gusgorman
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Can't boot fresh slack-9b install.


Greets all,

I'm trying out Slack for the first time. The install seems to go ok - but when I reboot I just get an 'L' and then loads of '9's. I've tried installing lilo on the mbr and on the hard drive ( making the right partition bootable of course. ). I've also tried making a separate /boot partition and stuff like that. I've run out of ideas now.

I'm using an adaptec scsi pci card.. I'm pretty sure i'm choosing the right kernel because the rest of the install goes ok. The whole install is going on the scsi drive connected to this card.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Thanks.
 
Old 02-21-2003, 07:57 AM   #2
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What is your complete hardware?
Are you dual booting?
Is PnP disable on BIOS?
Maybe a little more input and I might have more ideas
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:16 AM   #3
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Yeah sorry - i'm at work and in a bit of a rush - also the hardware is new (and at home)so i'm not entirely sure of the specs.

I'm not dual booting.
AOpen ATX motherboard .... mmm Ax3s or something like that.
sb128 pci ens1370 sound card.
Maxtor ide hard drive that is blank ( master on the first ide bus ).
Adaptec pci scsi card - with seagate hard drive connected to that.
PIII 866

I also don't have a floppy drive so can't make a boot floppy. (I was thinking of experimenting with /boot on the maxtor...)

thanks again.. if you need any more info just ask.
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:17 AM   #4
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oh and i'm not sure about PnP in the bios - ..i'll have to look when i get home..
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:25 AM   #5
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Ok.
I had an error just like yours when I changed /etc/lilo.conf and forgot to run lilo. So what you might want to do is install everything and then get to prompt ( This was available on my install, so should be in yours) and run lilo. I think it will give and error ( it might help).
From the problem, it seems you will need to pass some extra parameters to lilo ( I just dont know which, I never installed linux on a notebook, its a notebook right??))

Try searching Google/linux for your hardware and see if anyone else had the same issue.
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:38 AM   #6
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Cheers, i'll try that.

oh and btw, its _not_ a notebook,
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:44 AM   #7
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Cheers, i'll try that.

oh and btw, its _not_ a notebook,
Oops, ehehe, sorry, I thought it was
 
Old 02-21-2003, 05:29 PM   #8
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hmmm.

well it worked after i pulled out the ide drive and then reinstalled. I deal with that another time.

but er, now i know nothing. Thats what you get for using Mandrake/Redhat for a year and a half I suppose!
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:27 PM   #9
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Originally posted by gusgorman

I also don't have a floppy drive so can't make a boot floppy. (I was thinking of experimenting with /boot on the maxtor...)
You know that the CDROM can be used as a boot floppy. Just boot from the cdrom and type the command it tells you.

It will say something about bare.i and hda1, etc. All you have to do is type that and you should be able to use the system.
 
  


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